Liturgically speaking, that is…in Australia, Ireland and probably various other places around the world too.
I saw an article in the *Catholic Weekly * over the weekend. It noted that, due to the unusually early date of Easter in 2008, the normal date for the solemnity of St Patrick, 17 March, falls on the Monday of Holy Week. And since, according to the Church’s liturgical rules, the days of Holy Week and Easter rank above all others, the solemnity of St Patrick must be moved to another date.
In Australia the bishops’ conference has decided that St Patrick’s Day will be celebrated on Friday 14 March instead. No doubt the pubs will be thrilled. They’ll probably get patrons celebrating twice.